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The East Central European Center and the Harriman
Institute at Columbia University,
together with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York


International symposium with TIMOTHY SNYDER,
author of
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Monday, April 4, 2011, 6:00 PM

Columbia University
International Affairs Building, #1501
420 West 118th St., New York, NY

Reception to follow

Free and open to the public.

This is an important book. I have never seen a book like it.

- István Deák, The New Republic

Snyder has pulled together a huge amount of new thinking and research, much of it not yet translated. It is a formidable work of scholarship, shattering many myths, and opening up a fascinating new history of Europe.

- David Herman, The New Statesman

The Polish Cultural Institute in New York together with the Harriman Institute and the East Central European Center at Columbia University present an international symposium with historian, TIMOTHY SNYDER around his most recent New York Times bestseller, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, which has received substantial and glowing reviews and made "book of the year" lists from The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The New Republic, Kirkus, Foreign Affairs, The Economist, The Guardian, The Jewish Forward among many others.

Snyder brings together personal stories and new research to present the horror of mass murder in the region caught between Hitler and Stalin in a way that demands a reassessment of our understanding of the history of the twentieth century. The image of Nazi concentration camps as "death factories" seems almost antiseptic by comparison to brutal accounts of mass executions where methods were much more primitive, up close, and personal, or to programs of mass starvation that have not been fully appreciated outside the region where they took place, which Snyder calls "the Bloodlands."

The book is currently being translated for publication into Lithuanian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Estonian, Ukrainian, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Hebrew, Russian, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, French, and Danish.

Prof. Snyder (Yale) will be joined by a panel of very distinguished historians who have worked on these issues including Professors Istvan Deak (Columbia Univ.), Pawel Machcewicz (Warsaw Univ., Institute for Political Science and Journalism of the Polish Academy of Sciences), and Yaroslav Hrytsak (L'viv National Ivan Franko University), and the panel will be moderated by Prof. John Micgiel, Director of the East Central European Center at Columbia University.

The East Central European Center - The Institute on East Central Europe at Columbia University was established in 1954 to promote the study of the countries lying between Germany and Russia and between the Baltic and Aegean seas. Reflecting the changes that had taken place in the region following 1989, in 1997 it was renamed the East Central European Center and is the oldest academic unit dealing exclusively with East Central Europe in any major U.S. academic institution. Its program covers Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. The Center actively cooperates with other units within the University, particularly with the Institute for the Study of Europe and the Harriman Institute, as well as other institutions in the United States and in East Central Europe to provide the best possible training opportunities.


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